Tag Archives | Republican Party

The Triumph of the Will

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The Trumpocalypse If Republican politicians are not moved by the evidence against Donald Trump in the impeachment hearings, we might conclude that it’s because they are looking at their voters back home and calculating that they are more likely to be re-elected if they stand by Trump. […]

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Impeachment Is Over

Impeachment Roundup The public impeachment hearings are finished in the House, and what have we learned from them? The Dispatch, Jonah Goldberg’s new outfit, has a good overview of the testimony from the past week, while Michael McFaul, former US Ambassador to Russia, provides a summary of the wider story. Here are the outlines. President […]

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Our Orange Revolution

Scott Lincicome, bless him, has come up with the perfect title under which to cover the big Trump-Ukraine scandal. What better inspiration to take for the latest revelations that the Orange Man is Bad than Ukraine’s 2004-5 Orange Revolution? Back then, if you will recall, Ukrainians came out into the streets to protest a 2004 […]

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The Terms of Surrender

Shock-jock radio host and former Congressman Joe Walsh has been gaining a lot of attention recently for his planned primary challenge against Donald Trump. I doubt this is because anyone seriously thinks that Walsh—with limited name recognition, no deep pockets, and no large base of support to mobilize—is going to mount a credible challenge for […]

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Conservatives Lose Their Word

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The Death of the Tea Party The Tea Party movement of ten years ago is now comprehensively dead. How do we know that? Because Republicans and Democrats in Congress just got together on a budget deal that approves deficits in excess of $1 trillion forever—at a time […]

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Declaring Independence from Independence

The big question about the impact of Donald Trump on the Republican Party is: will he be an aberration, a temporary departure from the normal rhetorical style and ideological composite of late-20th-Century conservatism—or will he usher in a “new normal,” a new baseline for what the party stands for and what it will tolerate? We’re […]

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How Politics Works

Five Things You Need to Read Today Editor’s Note: I was very pleased to see my recent article, “Why I Don’t ‘Believe’ in Science,” picked up by Judith Curry, a distinguished atmospheric scientist who is skeptical of global warming—exactly the sort of person to whom I want to offer this kind of intellectual ammunition. Her […]

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A Little More Enlightenment

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. A Little More Enlightenment I recently re-posted my series of articles from last year on the legacy of the Enlightenment, including my review of Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now. One year after the publication of that book, Steven Pinker looks back, in an article in Quillette, and responds […]

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Are We All Colluding with the Russians?

Top Stories of the Year: #3 I’ve been counting down the top stories of the year, looking back at the big events of 2018 and reviewing my coverage of them. I have been unenthusiastic about covering the still-unfolding set of scandals, or possible scandals, involving Donald Trump and his various associates. There’s an awful lot […]

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Workingmen and Reformers

Top Stories of the Year: #4 Yesterday, I concluded that genuine political reforms have to be pursued almost in secret, outside of normal partisan lines. Actual activity certainly does not correlate with the degree of press coverage. The biggest non-story of the year, in that regard, was gun control. Shooting incidents are rare and—contrary to […]

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